By Judy Scales-Trent
An intimate portrait of the lifetime of a black guy who lived from simply after emancipation to the boycotts and sit-ins of the Fifties and Sixties — this ebook not just tells of his trip from the farm to a management place within the black heart classification, it additionally describes this international he got here to inhabit. via interviews with family members, kin pals, and previous scholars and lecturers at Livingstone collage, the reader will come to grasp him via his marriages and his losses, his youngsters and his associates, his love of song and his love of books.
Born in 1873, raised in western North Carolina via kin who have been slaves, William Johnson Trent began his lifestyles as a sharecropper and could cross directly to turn into the most very important leaders in what used to be then known as the coloured Men's division of the YMCA, a company created to assist younger males make the transition from farm to urban. He then turned president of Livingstone university, a black tuition created by way of the AME Zion Church.
Trent used to be capable of make one of these radical swap in his existence simply because by the point he was once a tender guy, the black group had created those associations in western North Carolina to coach and advisor black formative years. The AME Zion Church created Livingstone collage in Salisbury in 1882. by way of 1883 there has been a black Y in Charlotte. Trent spent his lifestyles operating inside those corporations, assisting them boost and thrive. He additionally helped create a brand new black establishment while, in 1944, he grew to become one of many founders of the United Negro university Fund.
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A Black Man's Journey from Sharecropper to College President: The Life and Work of William Johnson Trent, 1873-1963 by Judy Scales-Trent